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Moving expenses

Moving expenses: I have moved to another city, but not specifically to start a new job here (retired/closer to family). If I do get a job here at some point, can I claim moving expenses, since I did not move here specifically for a job. CRA does not seem to cover this scenario:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency ... ses-6.html

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greg29 wrote: Moving expenses: I have moved to another city, but not specifically to start a new job here (retired/closer to family). If I do get a job here at some point, can I claim moving expenses, since I did not move here specifically for a job. CRA does not seem to cover this scenario:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency ... ses-6.html

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If you have moved and established a new home to be employed or run a business at a new location, you can deduct eligible moving expenses from the employment or self-employment income you earned at your new location.

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency ... ses-6.html
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Nope, as you didn't move to start a new job. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency ... enses.html.

If you check the forms that you complete to claim moving expenses, you have to provide the date of your move and the date that you started your new job. A large gap between the two and it will set off a red flag.

FWIW: Because of the abuse around claiming moving expenses, they almost always are flagged for verification and review. So if you decide to claim, make your claims with the understanding that a CRA employee will be reviewing your claim and be prepared to submit your receipts for verification.
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There is no time limit on the move as long as there is a change in work location. There has been a number of court cases over the years and CRA now accepts this.

In 2013 TCC case, Evangelist found a job 2 years later than the the move and the court allowed it. Evangelist TCC judgement

Whether it applies in your case, depends upon the facts...will you be actively looking for work or be retired?
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WetCoastGuy wrote: There is no time limit on the move as long as there is a change in work location. There has been a number of court cases over the years and CRA now accepts this.

In 2013 TCC case, Evangelist found a job 2 years later than the the move and the court allowed it. Evangelist TCC judgement

Whether it applies in your case, depends upon the facts...will you be actively looking for work or be retired?
Great to know. Thanks for the link. After reading it, I noted this paragraph:

[13] Moreover, section 62 does not require the moving expenses to be incurred during the year in which the taxpayer wishes to deduct them. If the new job is found within a reasonable time after the move, the taxpayer may deduct the moving expenses as of the year he begins earning income from the new job (see Roald K. Abrahamsen v. The Queen, 2007 TCC 95).

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